Residents are being urged to provide feedback on a proposal to improve safety for pedestrians and the amenity of the local centre in Shortland.
The process starts from today (Monday 22 February) and is open until 21 March.
Community discussions, undertaken in April 2019 and June 2020, highlighted the welfare of locals at Sandgate Road as a major issue for those in the area.
In response, City of Newcastle is placing the Draft Shortland Local Centre Public Domain and Traffic Plan on public exhibition, seeking comment on proposed changes including implementation of a 40km/hr high pedestrian activity area.
Long-term Shortland resident Wendy Heys also encourages the community to have its say.
“I really welcome the upgrade to the shopping area,” she stated.
“It will make it safer for pedestrians, especially school children in the area.”
Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said safety for the community, who shops and works in the Shortland CBD, was a key priority.
“The plan on exhibition addresses everyone’s concerns and helps keep the community safe, as well as delivering improved public domain with upgraded footpaths and new street furniture,” she explained.
“We want to create an inviting space for locals to undertake their shopping and support small business.”
Ward Four councillor Jason Dunn said the proposed changes were a critical step in improving the area for the benefit of Shortland locals.
“Feedback on this next step is important, so we invite the community to view the plan and share their views,” he added.
As well as a reduced speed limit, the plan includes construction of a pedestrian refuge and speed cushions to reduce driver speeds and create safer crossings for pedestrians.
City of Newcastle has also engaged a mural artist to work with the community to determine a theme for a new mural installation at the pharmacy on Hansen Place.
It will be delivered in conjunction with construction of the safety and public domain upgrades, currently scheduled for mid-2021.
Visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/yoursay to have your say on the proposed safety improvements.